February 15, 2013
Talks Break Off Between St. F.X. and NSGEU Local 88, University Support Staff.
Antigonish â€“ Conciliation talks broke down last night between St.F.X. and NSGEU Local 88, support staff, after twelve (12) hours at the table.
â€œAlthough we did make some progress yesterday, we werenâ€™t able to make any headway on the two issues most important to the membership, wages and the classification process,â€ says Joan Jessome, President of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union.
The classification issue was central to the members of Local 88 when they first unionized in December of 2009.
â€œThe employer has not been willing to attach the pay scales to the classifications, nor steps to the classifications. This is a significant issue for us,â€ says Jessome.
The members of Local 88 will be voting on the employerâ€™s final offer on February 20.
If the offer is rejected, the conciliator will file his report with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education triggering a 14-day countdown to a legal strike date. Â This would be 12:01 am on March 8.
There are approximately 135 members of the local who provide administrative, clerical, technical, and library services for St. F.X.
The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union represents over 30,000 women and men who provide quality public services Nova Scotians count on everyday.Â
For more information or to arrange an interview with NSGEU President, Joan Jessome, please contact:
Deedee Slye, NSGEU Communications Officer